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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3442


Mr Scholes (CORIO, VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice: (.1) Is it a fact that the Australian Consumers Association has published information which states that pest strip type insect control devices are dangerous to human health.

(2)   If so, and as these claims are of concern to many people, has an examination of the safety of these devices been carried out by any Government agency.

(3)   If an examination has not been carried out, will the Minister take steps to ensure that this is done.


Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   and (3) The National Health and Medical Research Council, which is an advisory body to the Commonwealth and State governments, has for a number of years continually reviewed' the use of dichlorvos pest strips. Council has recommended that these strips should bear the following warning:

Warning Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed seek medical advice. Avoid contact with food.

Do not use in food cupboards.

Do not use in nurseries and sick rooms where people may be continuously exposed.

Council has also recommended a tolerance of 2ppm for dichlorvos in fruits, grains and vegetables.







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